please watch avril lavigne’s new video it is so much worse than you are imagining as you are reading this, it is so much worse than anyone could have ever guessed it would be
The Song of 2013
finally gets the video it deserves
do you think in 10-20 years arvil lavigne will be an even more sad “what ever happened to baby jane” style droopy psycho teenpunk
a) oh god the appropriation/infantilization it burns
b) I am only six years older than Avril Lavigne and I still dress like an (actual) punk and I don’t think I look this painfully whatever happened to baby jane, at least I hope so
c) this is one of the laziest-structured pop songs I’ve ever heard, like it’s not even produced well
Okay, why is Avril Lavigne now Gwen Stefani 10 years ago??? This is gross.
And, yeah, this sing is TERRIBAD.
However, while I’ve always thought Avril Lavigne is a fashion victim (I came of age in 2002, so she was selling millions calling herself punk at the peak of my I’m-an-asshole-who-hates-everything-that’s-popular phase), but it’s never had anything to do with her age. If she were still 19 and wearing this, it would still be just as tacky. I’ve always HATED the notion of age-appropriate fashion for adults. I will turn 30 late this year (as a matter of fact, Avril is almost exactly one month older than me), and I intend to continue wearing the exact same stuff I wear now, for as long as I like it. This includes mini-skirts, spikes, pigtails, neon animal print, kinderwhore rip-offs, etc. Saying or implying that what a woman is wearing sucks because she’s too old for it is gross, and always smacks of, “you’re too old to be playful or sexy or rebellious anymore- are you a mom yet?” Also, it seems like a lot of women’s fashions are decried as too ‘old’ for teenagers, and then “too young” for women past 30… and I can’t help but think that has everything to do with women being seen as only having sexual capital, worth, and agency for a little less than a decade of their life? And this is to say nothing of the obvious mitigating factors of body size, race, sexual identity, gender expression…
Now back to laughing/crying at this infantilizing, appropriative mess of a music video.
While I think you’re spot on about age-related regulation of women’s fashion, I was saying that she looks uncomfortable in that outfit and like she’s trying too hard to cling to her glory days as a teen star (hence the whatever happened to baby jane reference), not that she’s too old to wear a certain kind of outfit. Like I said, I dress basically the same way I did at 15, and I’m 35.